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Photos of Richard III

July 6, 2014 

Production photos of Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman

Photos by Marc Brenner

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Photos: Richard III starring Martin Freeman – Rehearsals

June 19, 2014 

Rehearsal photos of Richard III, as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman.

Martin Freeman rehearsing for Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner

Martin Freeman rehearsing for Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner

Rehearsals have started for Jamie Lloyd’s next production at the Trafalgar Studios as part of his Trafalgar Transformed season.

Shakespeare’s Richard III will get a starry new production courtesy of some fabulous casting including Fargo, The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman as Richard III, Maggie Steed as Queen Margaret and Gina McKee as Queen Elizabeth.

Richard III starts previews on 1 July 2014.

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Land of our Fathers at the Trafalgar Studios

June 11, 2014 

Theatre503’s powerful production of Land of our Fathers transfers to Trafalgar Studios.

The debut play from rising new talent Chris Urch gets a West End transfer as Theatre503’s acclaimed production of Land of our Fathers transfers to the Trafalgar Studios (2 September – 4 October 2014).

A blistering comedy full of a generation of lost voices, Land of our Fathers is directed by Paul Robinson and stars veteran actor Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient) and Kyle Rees (The Pride).

THE STORY

3rd May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine. Within two weeks everything these men believe in and everything they know will have changed.

CAST

Cast includes Taylor Jay-Davies, Clive Merrison, Joshua Price and Kyle Rees

REVIEWS

From the original Theatre503 run of the show
“Undeniably powerful” – The Guardian
“A blisteringly good debut” – Time Out
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Evening Standard
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ South London Press
★★★★ What’s on Stage

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A Handful of Stars starring Keith Duffy at the Trafalgar Studios

June 11, 2014 

Boyzone star Keith Duffy makes his West End stage debut in this acclaimed revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars at the Trafalgar Studios.

Following an acclaimed run at Theatre503, this revival of Billy Roche’s powerful drama A Handful of Stars transfers to the Trafalgar Studios (25 June – 25 July 2014).

Part of Roche’s Wexford Trilogy of plays, A Handful of Stars is directed by Paul Robinson and stars former Boyzone band member and Coronation Street’s Keith Duffy.

THE STORY

In the Irish town of Wexford where ‘shot-gun’ weddings are outnumbered only by random acts of violence the pool hall is Jimmy’s sanctuary. But will such a place embrace his bright ambition or bring it down, burning to the ground?

CAST

Cast includes Keith Duffy (Boyzone, Coronation Street), Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days), plus Brian Fenton, Colm Gormley, Maureen O’Connell and Michael O’Connor.

REVIEWS

From the original Theatre503 run of the show
★★★★ “cleverly pitched revival” (Guardian)
★★★★ “outstanding” (Times)
★★★★ “blazes, charms and thrills” (Evening Standard)
★★★★ “A glorious revival” (Telegraph)
★★★★ “startling precision and believability” (The Upcoming)

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Boyzone star Keith Duffy to make West End debut

June 11, 2014 

Two new shows from London Fringe venue Theatre503 are to transfer to the Trafalgar Studios this autumn.

Keith Duffy in A Handful of Stars

Keith Duffy in A Handful of Stars

Following the news that former Boyzone star Ronan Keating is to make his West End debut in musical ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre, his fellow Boyzone bandmate Keith Duffy is to also tread the West End boards for the first time.

Duffy, who is also known for Coronation Street, will reprise his role in the Theatre503 revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars from 25 June to 25 July 2014 at the Trafalgar Studios in London.

The Battersea fringe venue will also see another of its plays, Land of our Fathers by Chris Urch, also transfer to the Trafalgar Studios from 2 September to 4 October 2014.

Both shows are directed by Paul Robinson and mark Theatre503’s first West End return since The Mountaintop in 2009.

A Handful of Stars will feature Keith Duffy, Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days) and is part of Roche’s Wexford trilogy of plays.

Land of our Fathers, set on the eve of the 1979 General Election and about a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine, stars Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price.

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JANE HORROCKS in East is East

May 16, 2014 

Jane Horrocks stars in East is East at the Trafalgar Studios in London

Jane Horrocks

Jane Horrocks

Jane’s stage credits include Annie in Annie Get Your Gun and Shen Te in The Good Soul of Szechuan (both Young Vic); Lemon in Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court); Jane in Absurd Person Singular (Garrick Theatre); Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Donmar Warehouse/West End); LV in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (National Theatre/Aldwych Theatre).

Her TV work includes Julie in Trollied (Series 1-3 and Christmas Special 2013); The Cruise, Little Crackers – Barbara, Mrs Stenton in This is Jinsy, Felicity in Coming Up: A Kind of Magic; Gracie Fields in Gracie, Ros Pritchard in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Angela Quinn in The Street, Yitta Hilberstam in Mirrorball, Bubble/Katy Grin in Absolutely Fabulous, Teresa Franklin in Linda Green (all BBC); Sadie Swettenham in Jericho and Margaret Morris in The Road to Coronation Street (ITV); and Never Mind the Horrocks (Hat Trick Productions).

Film credits include Jean in Sunshine on Leith, Mrs Plum in Corpse Bride (directed by Tim Burton), Babs in Chicken Run, LV in Little Voice, Nicola in Life is Sweet, Faith in Memphis Belle, Miss Irvine in The Witches, Pattern in The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Rita in The Dress Maker. –

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AYUB KHAN DIN in East is East

May 16, 2014 

Ayub Khan Din stars alongside Jane Horrocks in East is East at the Trafalgar Studios in London

Ayub Khan Din

Ayub Khan Din

Ayub Khan Din wrote East is East in 1997 as his first play, following an initial career as an actor.

East is East was staged at the Royal Court and Ayub then adapted the play into a successful British film starring Om Puri and Linda Bassett, for which he won a British Independent Film Award and a London Critics’ Circle Film Award, and was nominated for two BAFTAs for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and a European Film Award for Best Screenwriter.

Ayub’s stage credits include Bunty Berman Presents off Broadway, for which he starred and co-authored.

Film credits include My Beautiful Laundrette, and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.

TV work includes Coronation Street, London Bridge, The Chief, Dangerfield, Boon, The Bill and Poirot.

Other writing work includes Last Dance at Dum Dum, Notes on Falling Leaves, All the Way Home, Rafta Rafta (Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy) at the National Theatre, West is West, All in Good Time, and an adaptation of To Sir With Love.

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East is East at the Trafalgar Studios starring Jane Horrocks

May 9, 2014 

Jane Horrocks and Ayub Khan-Din star in a new revival of East is East at the Trafalgar Studios

Part of Jamie Lloyd’s second Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, East is East is a modern comedy classic about growing up in multiracial England in the 1970’s.

A hugely successful British movie starring Om Puri and Linda Bassett, East is East is written by Ayub Khan-Din, who stars as George alongside multi award-winning stage and screen star Jane Horrocks (Annie Get Your Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Absolutely Fabulous) as Ella – a mixed race married couple bringing up their kids in 70’s Salford.

East is East is directed by Sam Yates and runs until 3 January 2015 at the Trafalgar Studios.

THE STORY

Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan is determined to give his kids a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970’s Salford. Household tension reaches breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the cross fire – her loyalties divided between her marriage and the free will of her children.

THE CAST

Jane Horrocks stars as Ella Khan in East is East, alongside Ayub Khan Din as George Khan, Amit Shah as Abdul, Ashley Kumar as Tariq, Darren Kuppan as Maneer, Nathan Clarke as Saleem, Taj Atwal as Meenah and Michael Karim as Sajit.

Further cast include Sally Bankes as Auntie Annie, Rani Moorthy as Mrs. Shah and Hassani Shapi as Mr Shah/Doctor, plus Ash Rizi, Karl Seth, Deepal Parmar and Pamela Bennett.

REVIEWS

★★★★ “Jane Horrocks, brusque, tough, tender, cigarette permanently in hand, is beautifully observed as the mother” FT
★★★★ Guardian
★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Independent

RICHARD III: Gina McKee, Maggie Steed to join Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios

May 7, 2014 

Further casting has been announced for Richard III at the Trafalar Studios starring Sherlock and Fargo star Martin Freeman.

Gina McKee

Gina McKee

Jamie Lloyd’s new production, part of his second Trafalgar Transformed season of plays, will see Gina McKee (Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) play Queen Elizabeth in the production and Maggie Steed (Jam and Jerusalem) play Queen Margaret, alongside Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo) as Richard III.

Playing from 1 July to 27 September 2014, tickets go on general sale on 13 May 2014.

Other cast includes Simon Coombs as Tyrrel, Philip Cumbus as Richmond, Gerald Kyd as Catesby, Paul Leonard as Stanley, Forbes Masson as Hastings, Paul McEwan as King Edward IV/Bishop of Ely, Mark Meadows as Clarence/Lord Mayor, Lauren O’Neil as Lady Anne and Jo Stone-Fewings as Buckingham.

The production features designs by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound & music by Ben and Max Ringham and fights by Kate Waters.

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Martin Freeman to play Richard III

April 4, 2014 

British star Martin Freeman to play Shakespeare’s Richard III.

MARTIN FREEMAN in Richard IIIJamie Lloyd’s new Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios kicks off this summer with Martin Freeman taking on Shakespeare’s Richard III.

Running from 1 July to 27 September 2014, the play will see LLoyd return to the Trafalgar Studios following his acclaimed first season of plays that included James McAvoy in Macbeth, John Simm and Simon Russell Beale in The Hothouse and Hayley Atwell and Mathew Horne in The Pride.

The news comes following last week’s story that Freeman’s Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet next year at the Barbican Theatre.

Martin Freeman has risen to global star status through his performance as Tim in BBC comedy The Office, the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movie trilogy and as Dr Watson in the internationally acclaimed TV drama Sherlock.

The director of Richard III, Jamie Lloyd, said “I am thrilled to be returning to our transformed space at Trafalgar Studios and am delighted to kick off our second season with Shakespeare’s astonishing power play, Richard III. Last year, through our £15 Mondays scheme, a staggering 51% of the audience was comprised of first-time theatregoers, targeted with the help of organisations like the inspiring Mousetrap Theatre Projects (of which I am now a patron). I am confident that, with the brilliant and hugely popular Martin Freeman playing the title role in a provocative production, we will continue to attract a generational mix of theatregoers to our corner of the West End. I have wanted to work with Martin for many years and am sure he will bring something unexpected and unique to this iconic role”.

Jamie Lloyd currently has two successful productions running in London – The Commitments at the Palace Theatre and Urinetown at the St James Theatre.

STORY UPDATE: Benedict Cumberbatch is to play Richard III on TV. Ahead of playing Hamlet next year at the Barbican Theatre, Cumberbatch will tackle the role of Richard III in the BBC’s second series of Shakespeare’s History plays. Produced by Sam Mendes’ production company Neal Street Productions, who scored a success with The Hollow Crown TV films last year, the movie will be directed by former Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cooke.

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